October 27th News

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October 30th Adult Forum ~ Have you thought about what First United Methodist Church means to you?  Have you thought about how to support what is meaningful to you?  Come and find out more about the 2011 Stewardship Campaign.  Think of this not as an asking for charity, but an investment in something you love. Please join us in the parlor on Sunday at 9:00 am. All are welcome!

Get Involved with Youth Activities This Fall! Middle and high school students are invited to come most Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:30 p.m. for youth group! Have fun hanging out with friends and discussing topics that affect our lives and our world. Join us on our next expedition…six miles of cornmazes this Sunday afternoon, October 30; meet in the narthex after worship! Also on Sunday, October 30: Youth Handbell Choir starts up again at 9:15 am with regular Sunday morning rehearsals throughout November culminating in a performance during worship on Dec. 4. Newcomers are welcome!

Contact Evanne Browne for more information on Youth Handbell Choir: ebrowne@fumcboulder.org.

For more information on youth group, contact Betsy Lay at blay@gmail.com.

And Speaking of Youth… The YAMs (Young Adult Methodists) are restarting our monthly brunches!! Join the YAMs at noon on Sunday at Foolish Craigs on Pearl Street! YAMs is a group for adults in their 20’s and 30’s to socialize, share, and support each other in our church community. Come join us for good food and good company!

Find Your Lost Items Oct. 30th ~ Have you lost something in the last few months? Perhaps you lost it here at church! This Sunday, October 30, there will be a table set up in the narthex before and after worship, and all Lost and Found items will be laid out for claiming. Take a look to see if you recognize anything. After October 30, all remaining items will be donated to local charities.

11/1  Sacred Bites ~ Join us for Sacred Bites on Tuesday, November 1, at the Lazy Dog Saloon (on the Pearl Street Mall at 14th and Pearl). Gather as early as 11:30 for catching up and ordering lunch; discussion of the week’s scripture passage, Joshua 24:1-3a, and 14-25, begins at noon. We make sure to finish by 1:00 pm so folks can get back to work. Come for lunch and great conversation! Yummy!
W.O.W. Considers Offering Our Gifts! Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service and Witness…what are these? They are the five things we commit to offer as United Methodists. Note that since we are not a creedal church, the list does not include “beliefs.” What does it mean to promise to offer all five of these? How do we live this promise? Can our congregation help us figure this out? In the next year, Pat and Joe are offering five classes, one on each of these commitments. The first class will focus on offering our gifts and will be during our Wednesday of Wonder (WOW) on November 2. Come at 5:15 pm for a light meal. We’ll start our discussion at 6:00 pm and be finished by 7:00 pm. Everyone in the church is invited.

CWU World Community Day Nov 4th ~ Church Women United of Boulder County will celebrate World Community Day on Friday, Nov. 4th, at the Cairn Christian Church, 1700 Stonehenge Dr in Lafayette. Registration and refreshments begin at 9:30 am, and the program starts at 10:00 am. Jerolyn Holland will speak on the theme of “Living Our Faith, Unlocking Action” about Compassion International projects for women and children in Tanzania. Cairn Church (formerly First Christian Church in Boulder) is located at the intersection of Arapahoe and Hwy 287. CWU is a national ecumenical Christian women’s group founded in 1941 to promote peace and justice worldwide. All are welcome.

World Communion Sunday ~ This month’s Mission Offering is for World Communion Sunday.  Funds raised provide scholarships for U.S. (racial- and ethnic-minority) and international students. Students who receive scholarships study in a wide variety of fields: family pastoral care, Christian-Muslim relations, clinical psychology, peace and governance, crop production, law, health, rural development and more.  World Communion Sunday is a time to be in communion with Christians all over the world and to enable us to “press on toward the goal” of serving God in life-changing ministries.  Please give generously in the spirit of improving the world we live in!  

Follow the Hodges in Sudan! Be sure to keep up with Steve and Diantha Hodges’ blog from southern Sudan at:

steveanddianthahodges.blogspot.com

and follow their activities. We will be Skyping with them in November (date to be announced). If anyone wants to contribute to one of the Methodist Advances that are so necessary to the success of their work, please make your check payable to FUMC with the Advance # (see below) in the memo space. Your generosity will be promptly forwarded on!

Health: General Advance #3021298

Sustainable Agriculture: General Advance #3021296

Village Microfinance: General Advance #3021289

New Name, Same Vital, Life-Changing Work ~ Carriage House Community Table, which uses our church’s kitchen and dining area three days each week to feed the homeless and working poor, has a new name: Bridge House. The new name strengthens their identity as an organization and reflects what they aspire to be for their clients — a bridge to the next day, meeting basic needs for survival, and a bridge to hope, to good health, to employment and to self-sufficiency.